Genealogical Research

The Zeeuws Archief offers a wealth of information about the people who, during the past centuries, lived in Zeeland. This information is in part available online, but much more can be found in the original documents in our Reading Room.

Primary sources, which are directly available on microfilm, microfiche and in the form of photocopies are:

  • Burgerlijke Stand [BS] [Civil Registration], which has birth, marriage and death certificates covering the period 1811 (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen from 1796) until 1902 (birth), 1922 (marriage) and 1950 (death).
  • Doop-, Trouw- en Begraaf- en Lidmatenregisters [DTBL] [Baptism, Marriage, Burial and Memberships registers], church registers covering the period late sixteenth century until 1810. Unfortunately, half of Zeeland’s Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers were destroyed by fire during the bombing of Middelburg in May 1940. For this reason the memberships registers have been added to this series.
  • Verzameling Genealogische Afschriften [Collection of Genealogical Copies], a large genealogical collection with indexes, copies, notations and extracts collected from lost Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers, but also from court and notary archives and diverse genealogical sources.
  • Bevolkingsregisters [Parish Registers], in which people can be traced back via the addresses where they have lived, are only available for the villages and towns which now form the municipalities of Middelburg and Veere, and for the city of Middelburg, but only for the period 1900-1937. For all other villages and towns the estimated period of 1826-1938 applies.

As well as primary sources, many secundary sources are also available, sometimes fully indexed, like the archives of local courts of justice (16th-18th century) and the Cantonal and County Courts (19th-20th century), public notaries (16th-20th century), prison registers (19th century), emigrant and military registrations (19th century) and muster-rolls of the crews of the ships of the Commercie Compagnie of Middelburg (a Zeeland slave trading company, 17th-18th century), the Zeeuwse Admiraliteit (Admiralty of Zeeland, 16th-18th century) and the Kamer Zeeland van de Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC, Zeeland Chamber of the Dutch East India Company, 16th-18th century; however: please note that the archives of the VOC themselves are kept in the National Archives in The Hague).

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only, the Genealogisch Centrum Zeeland (Genealogical Centre Zeeland) is open to the public. Situated adjacent to the Reception Desk in the same building as the Zeeuws Archief, it offers a wide range of transcriptions from family resources (the original is often kept at the Zeeuws Archief), indexes and other finding aids according to surname. The Genealogisch Centrum Zeeland is run by volunteers, who are very keen to help you with your research.

Zeeuwen Gezocht : Online genealogical research

Many of the genealogical sources of the Zeeuws Archief are now accessible online (in English!) in our genealogical research database Zeeuwen Gezocht. You can search for records of persons in the numerous sources of the Zeeuws Archief by just typing in a name and Zeeuwen Gezocht informs you in which sources that name occurs. You can also use other search terms or try combinations. Zeeuwen Gezocht now holds nearly 6 million records. Zeeuwen Gezocht includes all the Marriage Certificates (1796/1811-1932) and all Death Certificates (1796/1811-1940/1957) of the Civil Registration of the municipalities of Zeeland.

Research to order

If you are not able to visit the Zeeuws Archief to do research yourself, you can commission the Zeeuws Archief to do it for you. Unfortunately, the Zeeuws Archief does not perform genealogical research to order. However, you can make an appeal to a local researcher. More information …

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  • Ted Peters op 6 maart 2014 om 03:47 uur
    Very helpful
  • Elizabeth Milburn op 10 augustus 2014 om 17:17 uur
    I am looking for information on the Frederiksen family from Terneuzan . Many thanks
  • B. Nijhoff op 14 augustus 2014 om 13:53 uur
    @Elizabeth Milburn Many of the genealogical sources of the Zeeuws Archief are accessible online in our genealogical research database www.zeeuwengezocht.nl/en/ You can search for records of persons in the numerous sources of the Zeeuws Archief by just typing in a name and Zeeuwen Gezocht informs you in which sources that name occurs.
  • Roy L. Stoner op 21 augustus 2015 om 17:15 uur
    I want to find family ancestors.
  • D. Obbink op 8 september 2015 om 15:24 uur
    @ Roy L. Stoner Dear Mr. Stoner, In answer to your message on our website I would like to inform you to the following. First of all I would like to advise you to start your family history as close to yourself as possible. That means writing down your own name, birth date, place of birth, parents, husband or wife in case you are married, date of marriage, place of marriage, children's complete names and their dates of birth. Secondly, try to find out if there are any persons in- and outside your family who may have already done research on your line. It is possible that a complete family tree already exists, which can save you lots of work. Also Check places like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Family History Centers (their online site is https://familysearch.org/). After that you can check other internet resources that can be very helpful. You can find some examples of these resources on http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html. Apparently you have found us on our genealogical website www.zeeuwengezocht.nl. Perhaps that means that you are looking for your ancestors in our region i.e. the province of Zeeland in The Netherlands. As you can read on the homepage, Zeeuwen Gezocht lets you find listings of more than 7 million individual entries of person names in the various sources of the Zeeuws Archief. On the search site you can search for records of persons in the numerous sources of the Zeeuws Archief by just typing in a name and Zeeuwen Gezocht will inform you in which sources that name occurs. You can also use other search terms or try combinations. Search tips for Zeeuwen Gezocht can be found on http://www.zeeuwengezocht.nl/en/faq-e. Finally I would like to point out that the Zeeuws Archief does not do any genealogical research by assignment. If you can not find what you are looking for in our database Zeeuwen Gezocht you can contact the Central Bureau for Genealogy in The Hague. Their website is http://www.cbg.nl/.
  • Mike Clarke op 1 november 2016 om 14:27 uur
    I am trying to find details of the birth of Johnnes Pieter Hanegraaf born May 17th 1922 in Middelburg. His father and mothers name It woud be treat if you could help Many thanks Mike Clarke
  • Toon Franken op 3 november 2016 om 13:07 uur
    His father was Pieter Hanegraaf, skipper, who entered Middelburg September 18 in 1912. His mother was Pieternella Sturm, both born in Middelburg. The family left Middelburg September 6 1934 and went to Bergen op Zoom.